- As LP Campaign Train Storms Abuja In Carnival Like Roadshow
- Presidential Candidate Promises FCT Residents A Revolutionised Nigeria
The Ijaw National Congress (INC) on Thursday in Yenaoga, Bayelsa State capital, endorsed the Labour Party (LP), Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi.
The endorsement is coming barely 15 days to the start of the February 25 presidential election.
The INC’s endorsement is a follow-up to an earlier one by Southern Ethnic Nationalities including Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Middle Belt Forum, in Abuja last week.
Obi at the event said that he is seeking the people’s mandate to fill the vacuum created in the polity by successive leadership failure.
He also explained that a new Nigeria based on justice and equity where the people’s resources would be used to develop their areas is possible.
The former Anambra State governor assured the INC that he and his Vice are determined to create a new Nigeria where the people will live in peace, security and in harmony.
The Ijaw are spread from Sierra Leone to Gabon, dominate Bayelsa State, have sizable populations in Delta, Rivers, and Ondo States, and are spread around the coast of Nigeria.
They have a population strength of about 4 million, which could be about 2% of the Nigerian population of 200 million plus.
In a related development, the LP presidential candidate on Thursday told residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that a revolution is coming if the people vote for him and Datti-Ahmad into office on February 25th.
At a carnival-like road show where the LP campaign train visited some markets in the city, Obi assured the people at the Old parade ground, Area 10, Garki, that the LP government is going to do things differently, as he promised to revolutionise the country if the party wins the poll.
His words: “Nigeria in the past 20 years has produced insecurity; Nigeria in the past 20 years has produced poverty and unemployment. We are offering you security and prosperity. We are going to fight insecurity. Criminals are no longer formidable unless there is no leadership,”
He said his government will start by revolutionizing Nigeria as a country and move to provide good things for life.
“There will be a food revolution. We are going to make food abundant so that Nigerians will have no reason to be hungry again. We will empower women and youths. We will unite Nigeria. In the next five years, you will be proud to be a Nigerian and nobody will treat you based on where you come from,” he said.
The LP candidate noted that in 2012, unemployment was 16 percent, but now it is 65 percent.
“We will employ our youths. Nigeria will be a great nation again. Join us to build a new Nigeria. You are the ones contesting this election through us, we are only representing you,” Obi said.
“Labour Party is producing what has never happened before. For the first time, the presidential candidate and the running mate, and the National Chairman were born after independence.
“This election will be by competence. We are competent people. We are compassionate people. Our commitment is total; hold us responsible for a new Nigeria. We will stop stealing. They want to buy your votes. If they give you money, collect it, it is your money, collect and vote for us,” he added.
The vice presidential candidate Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, described Obi as a shining star, noting that for eight years as Anambra State governor, he borrowed no money.
Dr. Ahmed stated that after nine years, Obi is coming back, not for Anambra but for Nigeria. “Anybody who tells you the security situation in the country has improved does not mean well for Nigeria.
“Peter Obi will unite Nigeria. We are coming to do things differently. Peter Obi is going to work for Nigeria,” he assured.